how much would you pay to touch the food of ypsilantians?

I’m sitting here in the coffee shop, working on this week’s scripts… Actually, I’m not working on the scripts so much as I am procrastinating. (I can only write 9th grade math dialog for so many hours before I need to take a break.) Right now, I’m cruising around Google, looking for a link to an on-line discussion that I seem to recall a lot of us having about franchise stores in Ypsilanti, and what we might be able to do to keep them out.) Well, in the process of searching for “Quizno’s + Ypsialnti” (Quizno’s is the first fast food chain store to open in Ypsi’s Depot Town area), I stumbled across a mention of Schramm’s Deli, the little sandwich/ice cream shop down the street from it. Apparently, it’s up for sale. (Asking price $70K, building not included.) While my days in food service have, sadly, come to an end (my kidneys wouldn’t have made it five more shifts) , I thought that this might be of interest to someone else out there. Personally, I’d just like to see the place stay in local hands. (“If I could get a liquor license though… Hmmmm……“)

(note: I couldn’t find a posting date on the Schramm’s listing, but all indications are that it’s still be on the market.)

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  1. Posted December 5, 2004 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    You know, we ate there for the first time a month or so ago and found it to be pretty good. Of course, I can see how having two deli’s in DT might spell trouble for Schramm’s. Chain shops can afford to operate at a loss for a while until the competition gives up (because it can’t) and closes. Do you think anyone would attempt to buy it with Quizno’s down there?

  2. mark
    Posted December 5, 2004 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I think that the consensus among business owners in Depot Town is “the more the merrier.” From what I hear, they want Quizno’s to be successful. They want for Depot Town to be a dining destination, the kind of place where people can just head out to without first making up their mind as to where exactly they

  3. Posted December 5, 2004 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    $70K for a deli in despot town?! I’d like to meet whoever buys it, I have some swampland in Florida. It’d be far cheaper to simply open your own deli down there with second-hand equipment.

    One could wait until Schramms is forced to liquidate their equipment and pick up a subset of their stuff second-hand. Then rent thier former space and call it whatever you want. You just saved $70k.

    The trouble is that if I was going to open a deli around here I’d do it at the corner of Holmes and Ford Blvd. A sub shop would kill up there. Has anyone else noticed how much more sucessful that area is than Downtown Ypsilanti? Someone around here should look into that.

  4. mark
    Posted December 5, 2004 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Why don’t you look into it before you go, Steve? I would do it, but I’ve got my hands full with this ejaculation ray idea.

  5. Posted December 5, 2004 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I’d rather eat my shoes then have to hang out in despot town all day. I’ll pass on the 12-hour days too.

  6. mark
    Posted December 5, 2004 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I wish you

  7. Posted December 5, 2004 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Kiss my grits!

  8. Posted December 5, 2004 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I always admired Vic Tayback’s hat but now realize that it’s totally impractical line-cook attire. I fear Ypsilanti would rather have an Outback than anything I could dream up.

  9. Tony Buttons
    Posted December 7, 2004 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    You could serve cream-filled prairie muffins wrapped up in the pages of torn-apart science textbooks.

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